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Mermaid Beach TV pre­sen­ter Natalie Gru­zlewski an ex­pert at spot­ting the spark that turns into en­dur­ing love. Sin­gle friends have ben­e­fited from a match­mak­ing talent honed over eight se­ries of The Farmer Wants a Wife, but the un­canny ac­cu­racy of her ro­mance radar came to light dur­ing film­ing for When Love Comes to Town. As host of the new Chan­nel 9 re­al­ity se­ries she says she wit­nessed mo­ments that, if not ex­actly love at first sight, came close. "The in­stant con­nec­tions are un­mis­tak­able and they are the ex­cit­ing ones to watch. The chem­istry is there - it's ev­i­dent straight away - then you see the re­la­tion­ships de­velop," she says. Natalie be­lieves that, just like on­line dat­ing, re­al­ity ro­mance has be­come a valid ve­hi­cle for find­ing "the one". In When Love Comes to Town that ve­hi­cle is a bus, car­ry­ing 12 sin­gle city girls 10,000km on a na­tion­wide search for their soul­mate. "A lot of these girls have been un­lucky in love. They've on­line dated, they've tried the tra­di­tional thing of go­ing to bars to meet a guy. This is 2014 and dat­ing is very dif­fer­ent," Natalie says. "(Re­al­ity TV) is just an­other plat­form where you can meet people. I've seen cou­ples form Farmer go on to mar­riage, to have fam­i­lies and find their hap­pily ever af­ter." Natalie says her host­ing role was more hands on in the new show and baby Olivia, who turned one in Fe­bru­ary, was along for the ride. "There was no way I was leav­ing her at home - and we had a ball," Natalie says. "It was such an ad­ven­ture to see these beau­ti­ful, of­ten re­mote, towns scat­tered acrosss Aus­tralia and be with the girls ev­ery step of the way. "You be­come friends and you be­come emo­tion­ally in­vested - like any mate, you want to see them happy." And for a model of what that looks like, the girls need look no fur­ther than the host. Natalie mar­ried property de­vel­oper Jack Ray in 2012 and is relishing be­ing back in her home­town and her work-life bal­ance -restor­ing re­turn to Nine Gold Coast News. Her big, warm smile, al­ways at the ready, says it all. "I'm lov­ing life be­cause I have the best of both worlds," she says.

Natalie Gru­zlewski a hands-on host in Love Comes to Town.

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